Teaching Like Jesus
Caring Like Jesus
11 Mike Snedden
15 Lindi Moot
10 Jeff Meigs
17 Ann Streible
18 Phil McClendon
Devin & Sara Brown
Gordon & Kelley
Don & Diane Preus
& Sara Daw
Dan & Kathy
Richard & Kim Peery
Steve & Debbie
& Linda Johnson
& Heidi Morris
& Pam Keller
Wesley & Omega
& Susan West
& Lisa Barner
& Jenifer Pecht
Night Meals will be starting at 6PM on Wednesday, September 3 in
the CLC. Since our chef Mike cannot be with us until the beginning
of 2015, chef Jeff Knapp will be our interim chef. We will be following
the Cobb County school calendar.
have gone up dramatically and there will be slight increase in
below are free
Chef Jeff is
excited to bring us some old favorites and some new healthy
choices! We look forward to this time of fellowship, and as always,
we invite your help! Call Linda Zollweg
(770-490-6957) or Karen Miller (678-522-5267) to volunteer!
Seven Layer Salad
No Meal due to Cobb County Break
Mac & Cheese
Corn w/Red Pepper
Paul & Snookie Goldberg
C. S. Lewis grew up a cynical atheist. He said that
everything he considered 'real' made him depressed and dark, and everything
that gave him joy and hope had to be dismissed as 'imaginary.'
Later in life, as a professor, he took a long walk through the
night with his friend, J. R. R. Tolkien. Tolkien explained to Lewis
that he was thinking about his imagination in the wrong way. There
are not two distinct categories, the 'real' and the 'imaginary.'
What if God had given him an imagination so that he could perceive
what is truly real?
back on that night as the critical moment leading to his
conversion. His journey to God took a turn, and he began to value
the imagination as a gift from God. He went on to become one of the
most imaginative authors of the 20th century, creating an entire
allegorical world called Narnia to teach the Christian faith.
Every time we
worship, we use our imagination. Philosopher James K. A. Smith
calls the liturgy (the patterns of worship) "imagining the
Kingdom." We welcome one another, imagining how Jesus welcomes
to the Kingdom. We sing, imagining the joy of the Kingdom. We pray,
protesting the broken world we live in and imagining the wholeness
of the Kingdom. We hear the Word of God, counteracting the tendency
to create our own truth and make ourselves out to be our own God.
We confess our sins, and neither ignore
them nor dwell on them, but confess them and receive forgiveness
for them based on what Christ has done for us on the Cross. We sit
at the table of the Lord and imagine the great feast of the Kingdom
Come. Every worship service is a practice of our imagination-not so
we are immersed in fantasy, but so we can know what is truly real
in God's eyes.
other liturgies we participate in all the time. The liturgy of the
shopping mall; the liturgy of a day at school; the liturgy of a
football game...these all shape our imaginations too. I hope you
will take the next couple of months and immerse your imagination in
the patterns of the Kingdom of God. Come imagine becoming like
Jesus. Come and get shaped in your hopes, dreams, and desires so
that you long more and more for the Kingdom where Jesus reigns and
less and less for the empty fiefdoms of this world.
"Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we
will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall
be like him, because we shall see him as he is." --1 John 3:2
Sunday Youth Groups
6p High School
Wednesday 3: Youth
Fellowship at 5pm (all grades)
Dinner at 6pm
Bible Study at 7pm
Thursday 4: 6-7:30pm High School Bible Study
Boys meet in
Girls meet at
the Hudson Home
Sunday 7: Youth Groups
Wednesday 10: Youth
Thursday 11: High School
Sunday 14: Youth Groups
Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18: NO Youth Activities
Sunday 21: No Youth Activites
Wednesday 24: Youth
Thursday 25: High School
Sunday 28: 1-5pm Paintball (all
RSVP to email@example.com
Teachers, Youth Leaders and Volunteers
for all teachers of Christian Life Training classes as well as Youth
Ministry Leaders/Volunteers will be on Sunday, September 7, from
2-4pm in CLC Room 208. Please mark your calendars and plan to
Wednesday Night Dinners as well as all of our Wednesday evening programs
(Adult classes, Youth Bible studies and the Children's SLAM
program) will start back up for the Fall on Wednesday, September 3.
a joyful noise) is our midweek kids' program on Wednesdays from
5-6pm that combines Praise, Worship, and the Bible in a fun and
energetic way for kids! Open to ages 4yrs - 5th grade.
For more details or to sign-up your children,
please contact Hubie Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday Night Courses (7-8pm)
following the Fellowship Dinner from 6-7pm. Childcare is provided
in Room 3
The Pastor's Study - From start to finish, the Gospel of Luke is filled
with amazement. Throughout the life and ministry of Jesus, those
who met him were astonished by their encounter, from the shepherds
at the nativity to the disciples at the empty tomb. Join Dr.
McConnell as he continues the inductive study through this
"amazing" Gospel that was begun last year. Even if you
weren't able to participate previously, you can still join in! This
class meets in CLC Room 209 and runs from September 3 to January 28
(with a 3 week break during the Christmas holidays).
Heaven Is For Real - Do you have questions about heaven? Just about everybody
does, so join the club! In this discussion based study, we will
seek to discover from the Old and New Testaments what God has
promised and will provide for us in Eternity. We will be using a
workbook and DVDs by Dr. David Jeremiah and several other well-known
theologians to guide us in our discussions. If you're seeking
answers about heaven, then this is the class for you. Meets in the
CLC Library from September 3 to December 10 and will be led by
Power Up Your Marriage is an exciting 15-week course designed to help
couples move toward building a stronger relationship with Christ as
their guide. This fun, interactive class will explore topics such
as: conflict resolution, enhancing communication, improving
emotional connectedness, developing genuine friendship, and much
more. The course is also open to couples planning on getting
married. It will be led by Eddie Capparucci, a licensed associate
counselor and his wife, Teri, a counseling student and will meet in
CLC Room 204 from September 3 to December 10.
Grace Based Parenting - Grace Based Parenting is not another manual full of
impossible standards; rather it is a new map for learning to see
ourselves and our children through God's limitless tenderness - to
raise our kids the way God raises us-through Grace. The best part
is that it is never too early and never too late to begin to apply
these concepts into your family. No matter what age and stage you
and your child are in, no matter what your family dynamic is, the
principles of Grace Based Parenting can make a difference in your
family. This interactive discussion class features a DVD series by
Dr. Tim Kimmel, author of Grace Based Parenting, and will be led by
Hubie and Terri Mann in CLC Room 208 from September 3 to December
part of a group small enough that you're missed when you're gone? A
group where you really know each other, where you are really known?
Imagine a group with enough love and trust that you can challenge
each other with the Scriptures ("admonish one another" as
the Bible says)? Now's your chance to experience this kind of group
life. Many new small groups are being formed this fall for
fellowship, Bible study, and caring. If you're interested in
joining a small group, please fill out a Small Groups Survey and
return it to the church office or contact Hubie Mann at email@example.com or 770-977-2976 ext. 22.
Are You the
Parent of a College Student?
If you are the
parent of a college-bound student this fall, the Nurture Team needs
their address. We like to send notes of encouragement and
treats a few times during the school year, but we need your help.
Please send your child's name and address for the 2014/15
school year to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hands of Hope
The Mission of
Hands of Hope is to provide a pathway of hope by building
relationships and reaching out to others with the love of Jesus
Christ in McDowell County West Virginia. Eastminster Mission Teams
travel as the "hands and feet of Christ" to this
impoverished area in the Appalachian Mountains twice a year.
We have just
learned that several of the still operating mines are closing which
will lay-off approximately 560 workers starting in August. This
will have a major impact on the already poor economy and residents
of McDowell County. It will be a hard Christmas and winter in the
Mission Team will travel to West Virginia on October 23,24,25,26
this fall. Please follow the information in the church bulletin for
types of donations needed.
Eastminster Teams participate in programs that foster building relationships
and bringing hope and purpose to the lives of the people of
McDowell County We provide and participate in Women's
programs, Children's programs, home repair projects, food programs,
and visits to the Hollers to provide food boxes and lunch bags. The
diaper fund is another ongoing project. Thanks to the
congregation's financial support we have been able to supply an
awesome 18 cases of diapers as needed since February.
If you would
like to join the Mission Team for October: please
contact Suzie or Norm Baur, EPC
Coordinators for Hands of Hope, at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-321-0188.
In April a Hands of Hope Support Team was formed which
provided baked goods, craft project assistance, and much more prior
to the trip. Their participation was a very valuable support and
help for the Mission Team! The donations, prayer and
financial support provided by church members are an essential part
of this mission! We thank you so much for your continued support
and generosity for Hands of Hope.
"If you want to see God, walk among the broken
and the beaten, the unattractive and forgotten - there you will see
Sonflower Sisters September meeting is coming up! Moms with
elementary-aged daughters are invited to the first Sonflower Sisters meeting of year. Join us on
Friday, September 5th at 7pm in the Youth Room (in the CLC) to hear
about Hands of Hope. Suzie Baur will
be talking to the girls about Hands of Hope, a mission
that Eastminster supports in West Virginia. We'll be
making potholders to send with the mission team on their fall trip.
If you have any questions, please contact Beth Hartt at email@example.com .
Craft Circle will meet Monday, September 8th, 10-1,
Room 203/CLC. We will be completing all projects in the works
before beginning a new mission project in October. Please
bring sewing machines and your favorite scissors. Also, bring
an item to place in the (dog themed) basket for donation to the
Fall Festival. Any questions, call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or
Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).
Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at noon, September 18th at Keegan's
Irish Pub, 4401 Shallowford Rd.,
Marietta. Directions from church: Turn left onto Sewell Mill
and go until you reach Johnson Ferry Rd. Turn left and
continue on Johnson Ferry Rd. until you reach Shallowford
Rd. Turn right (noting Chicago Restaurant on your left).Turn left
into same shopping center as Chicago's. Keegan's Irish Pub will be
directly ahead of you in the corner. RSVP to Sandra Allen by
September 16th at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-977-8742.
Ministry needs YOU!! Once again, Women's Ministry will sponsor the
bake sale at the Fall Festival on Saturday, October 11th. Pull out
your favorite recipes and bring your tastiest creations - we need
cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, brownies, cupcakes and other
treats. Baked goods may be dropped off in the Youth Room at the
church on Friday, October 10th between 10 and 4 or on Saturday
morning. Bake sale helpers are needed on Friday to price and
package goodies and on Saturday to help sell baked goods in the
booth. To volunteer to bake and/or help, please email Sylvian
Williams at email@example.com or Katie Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org. All Fall Festival bake sale
proceeds are donated to missions. Thank you for your help!
You are invited to the
Rooted Women's Conference!
Eastminster Women's Ministry is partnering with
several churches in our area to bring this women's conference to
East Cobb. This 2-day event will feature speaker Lysa TerKuerst who is
the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Please make plans to
join us October 24th (6pm-9:30pm) and October 25th (8am-12:30pm -
lunch included) at Mt Bethel United Methodist Church. Tickets
will be on sale after both services through the month of September
for only $35 a piece. Don't miss this
chance to save $5 (tickets are $40 online). For more
information, contact Helen Hvizdak
at email@example.com or log onto www.rootedwomensconference.com.
Fall Festival - October 11
The kids are
back at school, we've had Rev up for Fall - it only means one
thing: it is time for BBQ pork, jumping castles and pony rides! Reserve
the weekend of October 10 and 11 for Fall Festival. We will be
pulling people in with the smell of BBQ, and keeping them captive
with Christian neighborliness.
In the month
ahead you will be receiving more information, including requests
for involvement in the various activities. Please consider ways in
which you can help to make the event worthy of the great God we
Pray for the
planning and preparation of the event, as well as the day itself.
It is our largest opportunity to reach out to the local community
and share with them our Limitless God.
off any cookbooks or paperback books in the boxes labeled Fall
Festival books in the CLC or the alcove. Remember, paperback
books only, unless they are cookbooks or children's books.
Questions? Contact Jeanette Gowen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-587-1398.
Festival will be here soon and there are still booths available.
Pick up a form at the Church Office or email Sally Brentzel at email@example.com.
A huge thank
you to the past supporters who have donated goods and
services over the years. We are calling out to past, and potential new supporters to start
thinking about donations for the upcoming event, Saturday, October
11. We can't do this without church member support! We
need works of art, creative theme baskets, offerings of
home-cooked meals, or useful skills and talents to name
just a few of the items that have kept folks coming back year
after year. If you don't know what to donate, please call.
We can offer you a suggestion! Thanks once again for your
faithful support. Coordinators: Sarah Nielsen (firstname.lastname@example.org
or 770-634-1734) and Barbara Lowery (email@example.com or 770-973-1172).
and Amazing Grace
Since before I
first met with the EPC Mission Team in Fall 2009, Eastminster
Presbyterian Church and The Journey have had a wonderful
relationship. That relationship proved faithful, and strong in
Summer 2012 when our ministry's relationship with Cherokee
Presbytery was unexpectedly and abruptly dissolved. At a time when
hope seemed lost, Eastminster Presbyterian Church provided new
hope, giving us the opportunity to continue bringing people into a
relationship with Christ at KSU.
As we begin this Fall Season, I'm reminded of how faithful and
strong we are. I'm reminded of the Harvest. I'm reminded of our
mission to lead young adults from where they are to where God wants
them to be. I'm reminded of amazing grace. And I'm reminded that it
cannot happen unless I have an incredible team of partners behind
me who know and are growing in that amazing grace.
The harvest is plenty. The laborers are few.
The Journey's harvest is completely dependent on the amazing grace
of others. In other words, our budget doesn't exist without
financial support. Since July 2012, we've shifted to raising 100%
of our support to underwrite our mission. Nearly 50% of that
support has come from five churches, including Eastminster. While
I'm eternally grateful for these churches, I point this out to say
we have to change this going forward. These churches provide us
with important, anchor gifts so that we can keep moving forward.
But to grow and be sustainable, we need to see 70-80% of our budget
come from individuals.
Recently, seven incredible people stepped forward to not only
support The Journey's budget, but to express their commitment to
our mission by serving as officers on our new Board of Directors.
They are, Leslie Michael (Chair), Bob and Emily Gilbert, Marty
Williams, Rev. Pem Cooley, Jean Early,
and Michelle Quay.
I hope you
will prayerfully consider matching their amazing grace as mission
investors, and their commitment as harvest laborers. Your
investment helps underwrite our success as we lead young adults
from where they are to where God wants them to be.
This ministry is growing and lives are being changed, but the
harvest is still plenty. And as Paul reminds us in Acts 20, it is
more blessed to give, than it is to receive.
You can give right now, online, at thejourneyKSU.org/give.
On behalf of our students and our Board of Directors, I thank you
for your prayers and support of this vital, disciple-making ministry.
In Christ alone,
PS: As you consider how much you will invest in our mission this
year, please think of 3-5 other individuals that might want to
partner with our organization. I would be honored if you introduced
me to them, and together we could share the vision of this ministry
with them, and how your involvement has impacted your life.
Session Meeting Highlights
received David & Lisa Preikszas into
approved the baptisms of Natalia Edwards, daughter of members
Hunter & Danielle Edwards, on August 31, 2014, at the 9am
service, and Sean Webb, son of non-members Andrew and Mary
Catherine Webb, on August 31, 2014. Grandparents are members Dick
& Cathy DuBose. Session also approved the baptism of New Member
Liza Clifton along with her son, Henry, on August 10, 2014 at the
approved the Youth calendar of events for the Fall.
approved a motion to allow the church's Cub Scout Pack to fundraise
by taking popcorn orders in the Great Hall during Wednesday Night
Dinners and in the Fellowship Hall between Sunday worship services
between August 24 and September 28.
the report of the Organ Search Team which included the recommended
purchase of the Allen Custom Digital Organ (Q350). Session will
consider the financial options available and commit the decision to
approved a Barnabas Fund distribution of $410 to Case #14-5 to
repair a broken down truck.
Stated Session Meeting will be Thursday, September 25, 2014, at
7:30pm in Room 204.
Presbytery Meeting will be November 21-22, 2014, at Saxe Gotha
Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC.
Diane L. Brock
back in full-swing and we are enjoying a great beginning to the 2014-15
school year. We currently have 78 students enrolled.
Most of our classes are full, and we even increased the class size
by one student each in our MWF 2's class, MTWF 3's class, and M-F
3's class in order to accommodate families who were on our wait
list. We still have a few openings available in our M/W and
T/TH Toddler classes.
have done a wonderful job welcoming their students and creating
warm, inviting classroom environments. If you have not yet
had a chance to look around the preschool area this school year,
you really should! Please note; however, that during the
school day, we ask that you please sign in at my office and wear a
visitor name tag if you are entering the preschool area. This
policy is for the safety of our staff and students to ensure no one
is in the preschool area during the school day without a legitimate
reason. Thank you for your cooperation and for your continued
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
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3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor